The third day of French Open first round fixtures sees number one seed Novak Djokovic enter the fray, where he’s fancied to stroll into the next phase.
Finland’s Jarkko Nieminen is the unfortunate individual staring down the barrel as the Serbian superstar readies himself for unhindered progression into the second stage, priced up at 1/100 for the win.
His opponent is afforded gargantuan odds of 33/1 to prevail, rendering the match-result market one to steer clear of.
Djokovic is aiming to extend a 23-match winning streak here, whereas Nieminen hasn’t gone beyond the second round of a tournament since the Australian Open, but his record on clay isn’t the worst.
The Finn has snared the spoils in 22 of his previous 43 matches on this surface, taking seven games off Roger Federer in Istanbul last month.
Another stern performance is expected from the underdog here and this makes the 5/4 about the opening set containing nine or ten games an excellent price.
Five of his previous seven first sets have seen an appropriate number of games contested to see this bet land, as has been the case in four of the five sets this pair have contested on the dirt.
Elsewhere, tenth seed Grigor Dimitrov takes on Jack Sock, where a sizeable profit can be snared backing the outsider.
A beefy 11/4 says the American wins his battle with the Bulgarian, whose record at Roland Garros is a far cry from impressive.
The world number 11 has never gone beyond the third round at the French Open, going out in the first in two of his four tournaments.
Sock has decent form ahead of this one too; he was a tie-break away from beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Madrid earlier in May, while he overcame a top-20 ranked player in Kevin Anderson in the semi-finals of the Houston Open.
The final tip takes the form of a tie-break occurring in the first set when John Isner meets Andreas Seppi, which pays at 31/20.
It’s an eventuality that has featured in each of the previous three opening sets of the American’s last three on the red stuff.
This took his trio of first set tie-breaks to eight from 13 clay court collisions for the season.
Four of the last six tie-breaks to occur in fixtures involving Seppi have fallen in the first set too, suggesting if one if is to land this time it’ll be before an advantage has been established by either player.
Combine the three selected bets in a treble to land a payday marginally north of the 20/1 mark with bwin.